New Jersey expands access to overdose antidote naloxone to mark Overdose Awareness Day
Tuesday marked Overdose Awareness Day. The Murphy administration marked the day by expanding access to naloxone – a drug that helps reverse an opioid overdose.
Licensed pharmacists can dispense naloxone without a prescription. EMTs can also administer it.
The state Department of Health also launched an overdose data dashboard.
Overdose prevention advocates marked the day in Ocean County with a roundtable discussion with Democratic Rep. Andy Kim. The event was designed to advocate for more state and federal spending on drug addiction treatment and prevention.
"Part of my own journey as a person in recovery has been realizing that my way to recover is not everybody's way to recover. We need to have more options out there for everybody who wants to live,” says Heather Ogden with Behavioral Health New Jersey. “Because that's what this comes down to. It's that over the course of the pandemic we went from losing eight New Jerseyans to 10 New Jerseyans a day. A day."
The New Jersey Organizing Project advocates for access to opioid treatment for all people regardless of income and health insurance status.